Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2002 19:01:04 +0100
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: 91 9000T 5spd trans

Walt Kienzle wrote: > I also need to find a place that will make the repair. I'm not considering > the dealer for this because their labor rate is $95 per hour, so they are > estimating over $4000 for the job. Ok, $95ph I can swallow, but 40 hours?!! When I replaced my 1987 9kT clutch, I took out the tranny and put it back in in one day. And that was my first time taking out a 9k box. > The independent transmission repair > shops (not necessarily familiar with Saabs) are also giving me different > answers on how the transmission is replaced. This is important because the > amount of time quoted for the job varies by quite a bit depending on how the > transmission is removed. One shop says that the engine and transmission > have to come out as an assembly and then they are separated. TW and another > shop says that the transmission can come out by itself. It seems that one > of the subframe members have to come out to allow the transmission to come > out the bottom. I can't see how this can be done without also removing the > entire suspension on the left side. Any information or advice would be > appreciated. You could remove engine/tranny then separate, but unless you were doing loads of engine work at the same time, it's just not worth it. I've heard of people taking out from the top and the bottom. When I did it, I took it out from the top, which was pretty easy. While you're in there, it's worth replacing the crank seal and the shift linkage. Out of interest, how did it fail? -- Grunff

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